The Week That Was March 11-18

Lack of feedback has left me looking in unusual places for social commentary. Mmm. Pancakes.
Lack of feedback has left me looking in unusual places for social commentary. Mmm. Pancakes.

Yes I crammed a bunch of this in on Wednesday night when I normally write this (though it’s always Thursday for my UK and Philippines-based readers), but at least I can offer a bit more from my weekly recap than normal.My anime viewing this week began with the YouTube combination of 2 episodes of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan and Nyoro~n Churuya-san. The ninth episode of the former presented us with epic amounts of blood and terrible script writing that still shows more planning 1968 Tunnel Rats.  The tenth episode went into Achakura’s struggles with her tiny size, and a hilarious attempt at a wall jump, before realizing that the outside world is dangerous. The fifth episode of the latter series featured a life size Churuya-san figure, and the most ruthless answer to a confession in many a year.

Natsuki shows a bit of character.
Natsuki shows a bit of character.

Two episodes of Minami-ke Okaeri were also watched this week. In the tenth episode, Touma continues to deal with Fujioka’s refusal to see the blindingly obvious fact that she’s a girl. She goes through a strenous conditioning program with Fujioka for no real reason at all. There’s also an unusual mention of holding midfielders about two-thirds into the episode. At least it’s doubtful that I will ever see a mention of the Makélélé role in anime. That probably would have been fanservice I could believe in.

Q1: What are the odds someone keeps that many chili peppers for casual cooking? Q2: Why would Kana, even by her low standards of common sense, believe this was a good idea?
Q1: What are the odds someone keeps that many chili peppers for casual cooking? Q2: Why would Kana, even by her low standards of common sense, believe this was a good idea?

Episode 11 returns to Riko’s unrequited relationship with Fujioka. Even the substitute Fujioka treats Kana about the same as the real Fujioka, perhaps it’s not meant to be. The screenshot above is the conclusion of a scene where Fujioka, Riko and Keiko all refuse to use the bath out of various fears. Then, there’s another scene where Riko is utterly destroyed by Kana on test scores before a final scene with Chiaki, Makoto and Kana making chocolate for Valentine’s Day. It ultimately confirms Makoto’s lowly status to Chiaki.

The two episodes of Axis Powers Hetalia revealed the Allies in more detail than before. America stereotypically pounds hamburgers like there’s no tomorrow, though the fact he doesn’t weigh 330 pounds is surprising given the characterization. Also, a surprising look at the north-south divide in Italy. Italy is also far too willing to talk to those interrogating him, even revealing Germany’s various secret fetishes.

Ah the things you can get away with in web short format.
Ah the things you can get away with in web short format.

Finally, Asu no Yoichi! appears to be heading toward a rather predictible harem ending. A shame really, because for all of it’s solid execution it doesn’t really offer anything else like that.

I'm not even going to give you context.
I'm not even going to give you context.